Greg van Avermaet: Not nice to hear that Gilbert is targeting cobbled Classics

BMC rider not pleased to hear that his teammate wants to ride the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, but still believes he can win his first Classic in 2015

Greg van Avermaet in the 2014 Tour of Flanders

(Image credit: Watson)

Greg van Avermaet has said that it is "not nice to hear" that Philippe Gilbert is aiming for victory in the cobbled Classics in 2015, with the former world champion having declared in November that he has unfinished business with the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

Gilbert said that he would be looking to kick-off the classics season with Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a race in which van Avermaet narrowly missed out on victory to Ian Stannard in 2014.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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